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  1. Curlew vs Ravenswood?

    of course, I just realized, if I'm looking at the long shot, and it's a first time building project (which it is) I should probably ask if you think the slingshot would be drastically enough simpler to put together that it would make a better first boat project? and on a related, but only vaguely note. I think the rounded bows and fantail sterns give the boats a really distinct and beautiful look. Do you have a lot of people asking you for the pointy bows and more... "traditional" looking boat?
  2. Curlew vs Ravenswood?

    Awesome, thanks. While I paddle in strong winds and large seas often (the local cg knows me, I'm the kid on the sit on top in small craft advisories messing about near enough to the shore that if there IS a real issue, i can just come in quickly) While I've always liked the long pointies, this will be the first kayak I own instead of borrow, and most of my experience has been with smaller plastic, rental sot's. I expect anything in the world will track better than them, so I presume that'll be ok. I'm a little curious as to the sinew vs epoxy question. I would presume going with epoxy would stiffen the boat up a little as well, (at the expense of frame durability) Either way, I think I'll go for the LS, and see how it goes. I'll toss you an order around the 16th of March when I get paid next Thanks - James
  3. Curlew vs Ravenswood?

    Thanks. I know this is going to be as difficult as describing wines, but I have to ask; What is it that you find you prefer over the curlew. Is it just the higher achievable speed? I can't imagine that a longer boat with the same beam is any easier to paddle at similar (low) speeds. (or does the soft chine make up for the length difference? ) and since the waves in the pacific are of such long interval (99% of the time) I don't think extra length would really help there, so I'm curious if there's something specific, or if it's just a sweet spot you hit with the feel of the boat? I'm certainly open to trying my hand at the longshot. I'll be building from kit, and I don't think a few extra stringers will kill even someone as inept as myself... so... it's really just trying to determine what the best boat is, which, as a shipwright, you know is never done. In the meantime, though, it's which is the best one for me to start construction on next paycheck If you say the longshot isn't noticably more work to paddle at low speeds, and is noticably less at high speeds, and otherwise, turns in, leans, and handles well, with good secondary stability and low primary stability, I'll go with that one instead. Thanks again. -- James
  4. Curlew vs Ravenswood?

    Hi guys. So, after 3 attempts at cross-sections, I've realized I'm not a woodworker. That's ok, the wonderful kudzucraft kit will come to my rescue... right? So, I'm deciding between the curlew and the ravenswood. I think the curlew looks really neat, and am half tempted to get it on that basis alone. I am an ocean kayaker (Los Angles, California Channel Islands, etc) and in the past, I've preferred the narrower boats I've paddled. Often I end up in long and skinnys, and those seem to work well for me, but I'm not a fast paddler, and since everyone says the short boats are better in the range I paddle in. I generally like the narrower beam; I'll lie and say that's because it gives me a better dig, and not because I keep bashing my knuckles on the combing So, ocean paddling, prefer narrower boats, the curlew is a shoe in? However, since Ravenswood is a second gen boat, and it's based on the curlew and "depending on your goals, improved it some", I thought I'd ask, and see if there was a noticable improvement in paddling performance, and what that means. How do they both track? What does secondary stability feel like in each of them? Can I lean correct easily? Any thoughts greatly appreciated. Thanks. -- James